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Gallery: 2012 Giro d'Italia teams presented in Herning

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Damiano Cunego and Michele Scarponi, Lampre's two Giro winners

Damiano Cunego and Michele Scarponi, Lampre's two Giro winners
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Androni-Venezuela

Androni-Venezuela
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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AG2R La Mondiale rolls in

AG2R La Mondiale rolls in
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Jerseys must be zipped up

Jerseys must be zipped up
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GreenEdge heads to the stage

GreenEdge heads to the stage
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Francesco Chicchi (Omega Pharma-Quickstep)

Francesco Chicchi (Omega Pharma-Quickstep)
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Rabobank

Rabobank
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The NetApp team has special pink-themed jerseys for the Giro

The NetApp team has special pink-themed jerseys for the Giro
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Lotto Belisol rolls up

Lotto Belisol rolls up
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Movistar riders on the pink carpet

Movistar riders on the pink carpet
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Fans watch the Giro teams parade by

Fans watch the Giro teams parade by
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Euskaltel-Euskadi

Euskaltel-Euskadi
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Colnago-CSF Bardiani

Colnago-CSF Bardiani
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Garmin-Barracuda led in by Christian Vande Velde and Tyler Farrar

Garmin-Barracuda led in by Christian Vande Velde and Tyler Farrar
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Frank Schleck and the Radioshack-Nissan team

Frank Schleck and the Radioshack-Nissan team
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The Saxo Bank team

The Saxo Bank team
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Michele Scarponi and Damiano Cunego

Michele Scarponi and Damiano Cunego
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Liquigas-Cannondale

Liquigas-Cannondale
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BMC comes along

BMC comes along
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Katusha is led to the presentation

Katusha is led to the presentation
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Roman Kreuziger is Astana's GC man

Roman Kreuziger is Astana's GC man
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Astana follows their escort

Astana follows their escort
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The Farnese Vini team really stands out

The Farnese Vini team really stands out
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Mark Cavendish (Team Sky)

Mark Cavendish (Team Sky)
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Team Sky heads to the stage

Team Sky heads to the stage
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Frank Schleck was a late addition to the team

Frank Schleck was a late addition to the team
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Androni-Venezuela

Androni-Venezuela
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The FDJ-BigMat team

The FDJ-BigMat team
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Romain Feillu and Vacansoleil

Romain Feillu and Vacansoleil
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Adriano Malori waves

Adriano Malori waves
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Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale)

Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale)
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The Lotto-Belisol team

The Lotto-Belisol team
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AG2R La Mondiale rolls in

AG2R La Mondiale rolls in
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Daniele Bennati (Radioshack-Nissan)

Daniele Bennati (Radioshack-Nissan)
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Some death-defying stunts?

Some death-defying stunts?
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Frank Schleck will lead RadioShack-Nissan at the 2012 Giro d'Italia

Frank Schleck will lead RadioShack-Nissan at the 2012 Giro d'Italia
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The Garmin-Barracuda team

The Garmin-Barracuda team
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The Katusha team

The Katusha team
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Bjarne Riis interviewed at the Giro team presentation

Bjarne Riis interviewed at the Giro team presentation
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Taylor Phinney towers over the rest of the BMC Giro team

Taylor Phinney towers over the rest of the BMC Giro team
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There were big crowds out in Herning to see the Giro teams

There were big crowds out in Herning to see the Giro teams
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GreenEdge

GreenEdge
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Vacansoleil is led to the presentation

Vacansoleil is led to the presentation
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The ladies of the Giro

The ladies of the Giro
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The Androni Venezuela riders

The Androni Venezuela riders
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Farnese Vini Selle Italia provides contrast for all the pink

Farnese Vini Selle Italia provides contrast for all the pink
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Astana heads to the 2012 Giro d'Italia team presentation

Astana heads to the 2012 Giro d'Italia team presentation
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Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale)

Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale)
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The Movistar team

The Movistar team
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Defending champ after Contador's DQ Michele Scarponi

Defending champ after Contador's DQ Michele Scarponi
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The backstage shuffle

The backstage shuffle
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Team Sky with world champion Mark Cavendish

Team Sky with world champion Mark Cavendish
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The presenters prepare for the Giro teams presentation

The presenters prepare for the Giro teams presentation
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On the eve of the start of the 2012 Giro d'Italia, Herning, Denmark rolled out the pink carpet for the 22 teams which will take part in the race. The 95th edition of the Italian tour gets underway on Saturday with a flat, fast 8.7km prologue that winds through the Danish town.

The teams were presented to the fans, with riders being led to the stage along the stretch of pink pavement behind a Danish cargo trike, commonly used by businesses in this bicycle-centric country.

New defending champion Michele Scarponi stood aside his fellow Giro champion teammate Damiano Cunego as the Lampre-ISD team was led to the podium.

Frank Schleck, a late addition to the RadioShack-Nissan roster, was the focus of much attention as he arrived to the stage, as was Danish prologue hopeful Alex Rasmussen (Garmin-Barracuda) and Danish general manager of Saxo Bank, Bjarne Riis.

Earlier in the day, riders were allowed to preview the prologue course while the streets were closed to traffic. But Garmin-Barracuda's Peter Stetina, who was apparently on course before the closure, was hit by a car during his reconnaissance. He was uninjured.

Jackson Rodriguez (Androni Giocattoli) will be the first rider down the ramp at  3:40pm local time. The full list of Giro prologue start times is available here.